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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.11.06 B92: Church restoration talks fall through | 17:44 November 06 | SRNA PRISTINA -- Saturday - Discussions regarding the restoration of damaged
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 6, 2004
      2004.11.06 B92:
      Church restoration talks fall through | 17:44 November 06 | SRNA

      PRISTINA -- Saturday - Discussions regarding the restoration of damaged
      churches and monasteries in Kosovo yielded no results today.

      The Council of Europe's General Secretary Terry Davis met with Bishop
      Artemije of the Rasko-Prizren Eparchy to discuss the matter. The Serbian
      Orthodox Church decided to stick with the decision it made in September of
      this year, to break the agreement regarding the restoration of sacred
      buildings which church representatives signed with UNMIK in June.

      Bishop Artemije said that the church, as owners of the property, have the
      right to decide who will restore the churches and monasteries, and not have
      others decide for them, especially not those who were responsible for the
      damage.

      Davis confirmed that the talks were unsuccessful and said he was
      "disappointed" with the outcome.
      "He signed that memorandum in June, and since then has not given any new
      arguments that would justify his current stance." Davis said of the church
      leader.

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